2 Chainz is a stylish dude — and he'll tell you that himself. The Atlanta rapper recently sat down with Sowmya Krishnamurthy of AskMen for an awesome interview. In it, he says he sees himself as a fashion icon and a role model to other rappers. He also drops gems about where he got his interest in clothes from, his relationship with Kanye West, getting free swag, and his love for jewelry.
SK: You especially love accessories and even have the lyric, “The cheapest thing I got on is my belt and it's 400.” Where did this penchant for accessories come from?
2C: I’m just into that, you know what I mean? I don’t know where it came from. You know, my uncle wore a lot of jewelry, a lot of gold chains. But I don’t know, it’s just an element I was around, my love. I can’t say one specific thing led me to like accessories. It’s just something I like doing. You know, I did “Duffle Bag Boy” and we used to wear messenger bags. People used to say they were “men’s purses,” but it was just something we brought to the table
2C: Sometimes I do. I would like to get more free things, but you know. It is what it is.
SK: Want to use this opportunity and call out any brands in particular that should send you free stuff?
2C: Noooo, I don’t want to call out any brand, my love. It is what it is. True Religion never gave me nothing free and I did a lot for them. YSL never… I just spent $20,000 at Versace. I don’t think they’re going to give me…
SK: You’re close to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music collective. Have you learned anything style-wise from 'Ye?
2C: The thing about 'Ye is he's always thinking ahead; not thinking for the right now. I often think about what’s next, not what’s going on currently.
SK: Speaking of other rappers, fashion can get competitive. Do you look at what anyone else is doing?
2C: I never look at anybody. I’m so engulfed into me right now. I don’t care what anybody else is wearing. I feel like they’re all waiting to see what I have on. If you really want to know the truth, that’s what I think. They’re waiting to see what I’mma do next.
Check out the full interview here.